Expand the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian/Cycle Path

The Brooklyn Bridge has become a key piece of New York’s bicycle infrastructure as well as a global tourist destination, but on many days, the path is filled beyond capacity, creating an unsafe situation for both pedestrians and cyclists.

Councilmembers Brad Lander, Margaret Chin, and Stephen Levin, along with Tranportation Alternatives, are proposing that the Brooklyn Bridge elevated path be expanded, to safely accomodate all of the bridge's users.

Three quarters of the expanded space would be reserved for pedestrians and one quarter would be designated for cyclists. As the expansion of the elevated path would be above the traffic lanes, the configuration of the roadbed would remain unchanged.

An average of 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 bicyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge every day according to DOT counts. On a single day in May 2010, DOT found a total of 15,000 pedestrians on the walkway.

An expanded pedestrian path on the Brooklyn Bridge would improve pedestrian safety, enhance the accessibility to this New York treasure, and better connect Brooklyn and Manhattan, all while leaving car lanes untouched.

I support the expansion of the Brooklyn Bridge elevated walkway!

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